St. Paul's Community Development Corporation
AmeriCorps: Getting things done in Paterson.
Former VISTA Members Leigh Jones and Kate Lyman helped build community involvement in the revitalization of Paterson's 5th Ward neighborhood.

For more information, contact Eva Grote
AmeriCorps Program Director ext. 448

Since 1997, St. Paul's Community Development Corporation has welcomed AmeriCorps Members from around the world to help "Get Things Done in Paterson"--a densely urban environment which faces numerous social and economic challenges.

AmeriCorps is a national service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service designed to facilitate and encourage community service in the United States. St. Paul's CDC currently hosts an AmeriCorps*State program. The program recruits forty-five full-time, half-time, and seasonal Members per year. Our AmeriCorps Members receive a living stipend and an educational grant after completing a term of service.


At St. Paul's CDC, AmeriCorps*State Members serve as tutors and mentors. They address the educational needs of Passaic County adults and at-risk youth. They work with after-school programs and provide support to adult students training in Basic Skills, computer literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), and those preparing to receive their GED. They serve as food pantry workers, shelter aides, case management aides, volunteer recruiters, and as general operations support. Each Member's term of service is an opportunity to build work experience while helping SPCDC provide critical services to the greater Paterson community. 

AmeriCorps*State Class of 2009-2010.

In 2010, 47 men and women were hired to work with the St. Paul's CDC AmeriCorps Program. In total, these Members contributed 46,032 hours of community service time serving at over 17 sites across Paterson and Passaic County. At the completion of their terms, Members earned a total of $116,825.00 in educational awards. 


The CityServe Program provides year round supportive services to young people ages 7-15. After-school programming focuses on tutorials and enrichment activities while the summer program focuses on community service and civic education. The CityServe Summer Program is modeled after  City Year-Boston and brings together Northern New Jersey students 13-15 years of age to work cooperatively on community service and self-enrichment projects in and around the City of Paterson.

Click here for a video of the CityServe Summer Program 2010.

Visit our AmeriCorps Alumni page for a list of all those who have served at St. Paul's CDC (since 2005). There are also program newsletters available here and the Related Links section.

National Service: Count On Us a powerful new video from the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans tells the story of service and volunteering in times of crisis.


Are you interested in joining AmeriCorps?

If you would like to learn more about the positions available at St. Paul's CDC and our network of community partners, please visit our jobs/volunteer page, or send questions to our AmeriCorps Program Director.  

Interested candidates should complete an AmeriCorps application and send a copy of their resume to:

Richard C. Williams 
St. Paul's Community Development Corp.
451 Van Houten Street
Paterson, NJ 07501

You may fax your resume to (973) 684-0686, or submit it via our online web form.

Americorps: Change Lives ... Including your own.

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